Arrests In Mission District Shooting Was Case Of Mistaken Identity

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/BCN) — Two men arrested in connection with a shooting in San Francisco’s  Mission District early Thursday morning have been released in what was an  apparent case of mistaken identity.

Officers responded to a shooting at the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 26th Street just before 1 a.m., where they found a 23-year-old man  shot three times, police said.

The man was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

According to police, the victim had gotten into a verbal argument with one of the suspects, who then pulled out a gun and shot him.

Shortly afterward, police pulled over a Pontiac with two men inside. The men matched descriptions provided by witnesses to the shooting  and were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

However, the men have since been released, police Sgt. Mike  Andraychak said Saturday.

The arrests were apparently a case of mistaken identity, and the two men have no known gang affiliation.

Andraychak said the shooting is still be investigated by the Police Department’s gang task force.

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